18 “Mom Approved” Gifts for Kids with Special Needs
We haven’t used these chubby markers but they look easier to grip than the regular thin markers for someone with poor hand function. They grabbed my attention when I was in the toy shop recently.
When BJ was younger we found it hard to play games that contained lots of components like “game pieces” or cards. His extra movement from his Cerebral Palsy meant things were constantly being knocked off the table or out of place. The Melissa and Doug memory game is a great alternative because the cards are the only removable part of the game and once inserted they do not come out easily. The tiles can be opened to play and when a match is found they stay attached to the board.
PULL STRING TOYS
Pull string toys have been fantastic for BJ. He has had a variety of them over the years. This UFO toy was very popular last year.
POUND A BALL
We have had several pound-a-ball toys over the years. Although BJ hasn’t managed the hammers that come with this game, he has had success with placing the ball in the holes and then putting pressure down on it with his palm. Anything that works on his hand function is a “hit” with me. I thought this was a great version of pound-a-ball because it could be placed between a child’s legs for stability which may make it easier for some to use. It also makes a great sound as the ball makes its way down the insider ladder.
PUMP ACTION WATER GAME
BJ finds pump action toys work well for him. He can’t manage the ones with a trigger, but this water gun is a great alternative and has good size handles for gripping.
I recently read an article that said “every child should have a magnifying glass”. I thought this was a great one that would make the perfect stocking filler. This one has a good handle for grip and the ability to stand on its own.
Bug in a jar with magnifier. I can imagine lots of little people enjoying the bug world magnified. Personally, I like my bugs outside, but little people seem fascinated by bugs.
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